Friday, June 29, 2012

Good morning with lilies

I love very much this cherry-red lily.

Unfortunately I do not know its name, because although I looked for its original package, but they simply wrote on the bag: “Lily” (I purhcased it for 1 euro some years ago). It is nothing special of a lily, but in my opinion it has a very nice hue, and, unlike the special lilies, it persists and even reproduces in our garden.

As I have liked it, from time to time I have dug it out in the autumn and propagated it. I think this is a good example that you do not absolutely have to have extremely much money and special plants for a beautiful and unique garden. It was beautiful and it liked the place, and the fact that I could propagate it and make an entire arch of lilies of it, already made it extraordinary.

So, good morning with lilies, experimental mood, and good luck to all!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The lily season begins

In this weekend the lilies began to bloom. Last fall I tried to make order between the disorderly purchased and planted lilies. I was digging, sorting and planting them for several days. Now I am impressed to see how well they are doing and that I have managed to create the claret wave line I wanted.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hydrangea arborescens 'White Dome'

It seems to me that it has grown a lot over the last three years (here you can see its photos of 2009). And I have to put myself right in relation of the post of 2010: in contrast to general belief, it grows much more than one and half meter. Even with strong pruning, this shrub is higher than two meters.

Undoubtedly there are more attractive hydrangeas than this, but this shrub is growing in an almost complete shade and with relatively little watering. In such circumstances I am very satisfied with it. I also have to add to the post of 2010 that Hydrangea arborescens, once stabilized, is not water intensive.

And it seems they are not demanding from other points of view either. This White Dome grows on a good ground, but what I propagated from it is also nice on relatively poor soil, although it remains smaller. The only problem with it is that you cannot buy it at us. Hopefully some nursery, at the sight of its good qualities, will feel like producing it. In the meantime you can buy it next to Vienna, in the Praskac.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The visit of the Hungarian Rose Society

Last Sunday the Hungarian Rose Society visited our garden. After my spring lecture they told they would like to see my roses, too. We organized the visit for now, the blooming of the roses. For those rose friends who are not yet members of the Rose Society, here I offer a virtual guide.

The first rose is 'Bonica'. I think this is one of the best roses on the market today. Healthy, nice even on poor soil and in semi-shade, very cold-tolerant (Z4), blooming from early June until the first frosts. It is also available in Hungary, the Nursery of Alsótekeres sells it for a few euros. I would like to specifically draw the attention of gardening shops to order from it, so that this excellent rose would spread at us as well.

This is how the big rose garden looks from afar. I usually see this view, from the place where I used to have tea in the morning.

English roses in semi-shade. To the left: 'Sharifa Asma', 'Heather Austin' and 'The Dark Lady'; to the right, one of my favorites, 'Cottage Rose' (which, according to Help Me Find, is not just my favorite).

To the left, a Canadian rose, 'Martin Frobisher', really shade and cold-tolerant, with repeated blooming, the only problem is that in the rain its flowers turn brown. The high pink one next to it is 'Delicata', one of the earliest blooming roses. They usually tell it one or one and half meter high, but here it is one and half with the strongest pruning, without that it would be probably at least two meters. Next to it, 'A Shropshire Lad' and 'Lucetta' which, unfortunately, blossom only twice a year here in semi-shade.

The garden path from the house to the garden leads through the roses. Our first roses in the garden were planted in the right-side part of the picture: these were brought from England back in 1997.

Another favorite of mine, 'John Clare'. The cream-colored one behind it is 'Comtes des Champagne', while the back one the beautiful 'Jubilee Celebration'.

'Cottage Rose' from the other side, behind it a 'Zaiga', an excellent Latvian, and 'William Baffin', a good Canadian rose. You should pay attention to these Latvian Rugosas and Canadian roses, they are really beautiful and cold-resistant.

Finally, once more 'Sharifa Asma', 'Heather Austin' and 'Dark Lady', with Noble Anthony behind them. The row is closed in the spice garden by a Delphinium, Karl Foester’s excellent 'Finstneraarhorn'. (After taking the photos, I cut it back, and now it is getting dry in the bathroom so that in the autumn it could be a main character of the large dry autumn bouquet.)